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lished it with his own notes. In spring ho left Jena,
full of the plans for his West Indian journey, ILLs
friends there parted with him xinwilllngly, for even,
Goethe, who had been there only a short time en a,
visit, and had returned to Weimar in April, had
experienced the instructive hiihumeo of Alexander's
presence; and wx*ote to Schiller: " 1 have spent the
time with Hnniboldt agreeably and iisofully; iny
natural historic wtttdies have been roused from, thoir
winter sleep by his presence."
Alexander's fondness for travel fotmd a willing
sympathiser in his brother William; tiny spoke only
of travels, and dreamed of dmtant oomitrioH, and
Scldller wrote at this time (14th April, 1797) to
Goetho: "Although the whole family of Huml>oldt,
down to the servant, lio ill with aguo, they still npeak
only of great journey a/* If or the brothers had made
the plan, to travel together to Italy, after a short niny
in Berlin for the regulation of the moth or'H in-
heritance, and from, there Alexander wan to go fco
Spaiiij and thoixco to America,
At the end of A))ril? Alexander and MR brother
William with, his family loft Jena. To accommodate
the latter, who wished to have womo* verbal com-
axmuicatiouw with Wolff concerning nu intondod
translation of " Agamemnon/1 ho remained for wmio
days in Halle, aud then hawtu<Hl to Jtarliu, to
arrango the affairs of the hihoritiut<*ov with the
aenistanee of the faithful Kunth, in nueh a inannor,
tluit he waB prepared at once for a long absence from
Europe* The owfcate of B*iug<wiwaltle, in Ntnunark,
had fallen to Ids share, while the older brother took
poflBOBsiotx of Tegel, but he winked to Hell lt^ that lu^
might with the proceeds realisst^ aB noon H.H poHKihlo
the project of IHB Went Indian journey, 'which'1m htul
cherished for sevou yearn, and which WUK an txjninHtvo
privato uudtjrtakmg* Tim members of th Hum-
boldt family tliorcforo in<^t in June In ,I)rt,t*f(lcn, whuro
tlury ritgulated their aflFairn with the tulvici3 and
of Kuaifch, who hatr*WkowiHw joiuod tlitmu